Boko Haram Fighters Loot Relief Agency’s Warehouses

Richard Ginika Izuora

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists on Sunday attacked three facilities belonging to an aid agency in the North East, looting warehouses stocked with humanitarian materials.

The insurgents attacked Damasak, the head town of the Mobbar Local Government Area in Borno State, attacking compounds belonging to multiple relief agencies.

The warehouses containing humanitarian stock were looted and set on fire alongside operational vehicles.

However, no aid worker was killed in the attack.

The attack marks the second one targeting aid agencies in the past two months in the North East Nigeria. In addition, it is the fourth attack on Damasak town and its surrounding area this year.

The Incident was condemned by the Country Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Eric Batonon.

In a statement released yesterday, Batonon decried the attack which he says will take a heavy toll on humanitarian efforts.

“Yesterday’s brutal attack jeopardized our work and threatened the lives of many aid workers. Thankfully, our five staff staying in Damasak town escaped unharmed. However, the perpetrators succeeded in setting our guest house ablaze and destroying life-saving relief supplies, including vehicles used to deliver aid.

‘‘We condemn these acts of senseless violence. They serve to terrorise humanitarians and the communities we are here to help…They delay critical aid from reaching families in dire need. Humanitarian space is shrinking in northeast Nigeria, and we call on the Government of Nigeria to ensure it is protected.”

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